Barbie is ‘en pointe’

Barbie is no longer just the doll of some little girls’ dreams; instead, they have become a way to honor the most prominent female figures of today. First there was Ava DuVernay‘s doll in December 2015, then soccer star Abby Wambach in February 2016 and now ballerina Misty Copeland.

According to Marie ClaireCopeland, the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, will be getting a Barbie of her own that will be part of the doll’s Sheroes line, which “features dolls modeled after Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, and Zendaya, among others.”

Copeland’s Barbie will be wearing an outfit modeled after her Firebird costume, which Marie Claire says “she wore in her first principal role at the American Ballet Theatre.”

Pointing out that she faced many barriers to her success sheerly because she did not look like the typical ballet dancer, Marie Claire says that this gives Copeland’s doll special significance. Copeland also took special care in the design process, making the doll look as close to her actual likeness as possible.

“I was hands on with making sure that she really looked like a dancer and looked like me,” Copeland said on Good Morning America. “She has muscles and calves and thighs and a bust, and those are important to me.”

The Barbie is currently available for purchase here for only $29.95 and will soon be released for sale in stores around the country, according to Marie Claire. 

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